The Origins of Poetry:

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” -Swami Sivananda

Poetry: one of the most expressive forms of art. Poetry, the conveyor of feelings and messages. Poetry truly is the art of the ages.

Poetry has been a form of workings since before the times of Christ (BC); the earliest forms may have been sung or recited, rather than written however. These works would have often been repetitive and stuck to a rhythm, therefore enabling them to be easier to learn and pass on, similar to the work of a Medieval minstrel.

The Deluge tablet or flood tablet is an early recording of poetry, dating back to the 2nd Millennium BC. In the Akkadian poem, Gilgamesh sets out on a quest for immorality. Utnapashtim challenges him to stay awake for 6 days and 7 nights to earn the same immortality as he was given. Gilgamesh fails, proving Utnapashtim’s condition a unique gift from the Gods. A picture of tablet may be seen below*.

Image result for gilgamesh tablet

The Classics or Odes of poetry is a group of Chinese poems of songs, all written and recorded. As a result of this, the Classic Chinese poetry era laid the foundations for written poetry.

The poem ‘Falling Petals’ by Li Shangyin is a Chinese poem, written in the 9th century (A.D.). There are some major similarities to modern poetry in the piece and is a beautiful example of a quatrain (a poem with stanzas of 4 lines):

‘Falling Petals’-

Gone is the guest from the Chamber of Rank,
And petals, confused in my little garden,
Zigzagging down my crooked path,
Escort like dancers the setting sun.

Oh, how can I bear to sweep them away?
To a sad-eyed watcher they never return.
Heart’s fragrance is spent with the ending of spring
And nothing left but a tear-stained robe.

(Poem taken from this site: http://www.shigeku.org/xlib/lingshidao/hanshi/lishangyin.htm)

And it is still to this day people write poetry. It was not long ago that poetry properly emerged as we know it and even now, poetry continues to change with trends and preferences; literature cannot be truly solid and the more we experience in poetry the better…

Poetry is an art and should be written and enjoyed.

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